2020 Nissan Frontier Priced, Exploring the New Frontier of 2021 Will Have to Wait
Nissan isn’t ready to discuss the 2021 Frontier just yet, but the brand has set pricing for the 2020 version of its aging midsize pickup.
If you’re cool with two-wheel drive and a King Cab model, you can get in the door for $26,790.
If you need four doors and four-wheel drive, an S Crew Cab will cost $31,290. Destination, not included in those prices, is $1,095. The 2020 Frontier will reach dealerships in July of this year and remain available until whenever Nissan launches the fully redesigned 2021 truck. Pandemic uncertainty could factor into that.
Indeed, thanks to pandemic-related production delays, the 2020 models were delayed. The trucks would’ve likely been in dealers by now otherwise.
Perhaps the biggest news here is the appearance of a new engine as well as the addition of four forward gears – the truck’s only available transmission is a nine-speed automatic, and all trims will get the 310-horsepower, 3.8-liter V6.
Price increases are $2,000 on average across the board, according to Nissan.
So yes, types, the three-pedal option is gone. So is the four-cylinder option and Desert Runner and SL trims. Also gone: manual door locks and windows.
Not here yet: automatic stop/start, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.
Horsepower jumps by 49 ponies over the last (4.0-liter) V6, and fuel economy is up 2 mpg combined over the previous V6 (when paired to the now defunct five-speed auto). That’s 19 mpg combined for four-wheel drive models and 20 mpg combined for two-wheel drive models now. The full stat is this: 18/24/20 for two-wheel drive and 17/23/19 for four-wheel drive.
Since truck buyers love to brag about their rigs, here are two key numbers: Max tow capacity is 6,640 and payload is 1,460 pounds.
Here’s the price list in full: S King Cab 4×2, $26,790; SV King Cab 4×2, $27,670; S King Cab 4×4, $29,680; SV King Cab 4×4, $30,560; S Crew Cab 4×2, $27,900; SV Crew Cab 4×2 SWB, $28,800; SV Crew Cab 4×2 LWB, $31,410; S Crew Cab 4×4, $31,290; SV Crew Cab 4×4 SWB, $31,990; SV Crew Cab 4×4 LWB, $32,410; Pro-4X Crew Cab 4×4, $37,490. Again, none of these include destination fees.
An available Special Edition package adds a chrome grill, a trip computer, a body-color rear bumper, and 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, while an available Midnight Edition offers “special black exterior treatments” and 18-inch gloss black aluminum-alloy wheels.
Push-button start is now standard, along with a leather shift knob.
Don’t expect to be able to visually identify a 2020 Frontier at a glance – you’ll need to pop the hood to know it’s new. Styling doesn’t change, inside or out.
For that, look to 2021.
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I doubt if Nissan will go smaller and not only that they will most likely only offer a crew cab. From the articles about the Santa Cruze it seems that it will come in crew cab as well. Maybe there is still hope if Ford comes out with a new compact pickup. Midsize crew cab pickups with small beds seem to be what the manufacturers are all going for which is not what I want or need but I do understand that these trucks are marketed toward families. If my only options in midsize pickups become only crew cabs with turbo motors and small beds I will keep my Isuzu even though it is a crew cab--it has a larger bed than many of the current crew cab midsize pickups and it is paid for. Offer a real compact pickup with either an extended cab or regular cab and price it no more than the low 20's. I want what I want and if I have to make do with a crew cab pickup with a small bed for close to 30k I will not buy it.
Agree, I am still hoping for a compact truck closer to the ones of 40 years ago. Disappointed in the Santa Fe hoping for it to be more like the concept which I would buy. My 2008 Isuzu looks tiny next to a Silverado but it looks huge next to my Granddad's 63 IH 1000 which my nephew has been restoring (gave my nephew my old S-10 which is still looking and running like new).